Seco/Warwick sends fifth furnace to global manufacturer

Voestalpine High Performance Metals Polska placed an order for a retort tempering furnace with vacuum purging. (Courtesy: Seco/Warwick)

Voestalpine High Performance Metals Polska, a leader in the tool and dies segment, placed an order for a retort tempering furnace with vacuum purging.

The Seco/Warwick furnace will be used for tempering tool steel after the gas quenching process. This is the first cooperation between the companies after the global pandemic crisis.

The new contract is the result of long-term cooperation between Seco/Warwick and voestalpine High Performance Metals Polska Sp. z o.o. (formerly Bohler Uddeholm Polska). A retort tempering furnace with vacuum purging will complete the production line installed in Łomianki near Warsaw. The facility is currently operating the equipment delivered previously, including a hardening furnace and a tempering furnace. Another Seco/Warwick furnace will significantly increase the capacity of the hardening plant.

“I think it won’t sound too immodest if I say that the majority of customers come back to us after a completed contract and purchase other equipment. Voestalpine High Performance Metals Polska is a partner whom we’ve known for many years. We know their needs, we are able to provide advice and, most importantly, customize the equipment to their specific needs,” said Maciej Korecki, VP, vacuum business segment, Seco/Warwick Group. “Our relationship is not just superficial — we learn from each other, and thus we know the challenges they face in their day-to-day production. This contract could have been executed earlier, but the global pandemic had postponed the plans. I truly believe that this will not be our last job for the voestalpine Group companies.”

Seco/Warwick vacuum segment products are frequently selected by the tool and die industry. Vacuum furnaces are perfect for hardening and tempering. They are characterized by the high quality of processed parts, much lower number of hardening deformations, and the absence of batch oxidation which directly translates into significant money savings.

“Our main goal was to increase the capacity. Our machinery park has already included a Seco/Warwick tempering furnace, which has proved itself perfectly. It is worth noting that despite being less demanding, the tempering process usually takes more time than the hardening process. Therefore, in order to be able to make full use of the hardening furnace, for tooling steel we needed two tempering furnaces. Now we will be able to make production more dynamic and conquer new markets,” said Cezary Żurada, president of the management board of voestalpine High Performance Metals Polska.